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Ampleforth Abbey, Ampleforth

#34 of 81 in Historic Sites in North Yorkshire
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Ampleforth Abbey is a monastery of Benedictine Monks a mile to the east of Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, England, part of the English Benedictine Congregation. It claims descent from the pre-Reformation community at Westminster Abbey through the last surviving monk from Westminster Sigebert Buckley (c. 1520 - c. 1610). The current Abbot is Fr. Cuthbert Madden, and the Prior is Fr Terence Richardson.HistoryThe Abbey was founded in a house given to Father Anselm Bolton by The Honorable Anne Fairfax, daughter of Charles Gregory Fairfax, 9th Viscount Fairfax of Emley. This house was taken over by Dr. Brewer, President of the Congregation, 30 July 1802. The community, since leaving Dieulouard in Lorraine, where its members had joined with Spanish and Cassinese Benedictines to form the monastery of St Laurence, had been successively at Acton Burnell, Tranmere, Scholes, Vernon Hall, and Parbold Hall, under its superior Dr. Marsh.
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  • I visited here with my Father and had the most wonderful afternoon tea for a very reasonable price. All the food was very fresh and wonderfully presented. They even provide boxes to take away the food...  more »
  • Visited here for around 30 minutes or so. We went straight to the abbey church not knowing what to expect. It is indeed austere but very peaceful but there was an air of wealth in that all the "basic"...  more »
  • I took myself off for a few days to beautiful Ampleforth Abbey (Benedictines), deep in the heart of the English countryside. I stayed 3 nights and generally enjoyed a peaceful retreat in this quiet an...  more »
  • Ampleforth Abbey, one of the Catholic jewelleries of the north east of Yorkshire. Joya Católica del noroeste de Yorkshire.
  • Lovely afternoon tea in stunning scenery, well worth a visit.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Abbey as our trip was arranged around a mini pilgramage. Coming from Australia, the Abbey provided perfect time to relect, time out,spiritual development and enter somewhat into the life of the Benedictine Rule.It has given us a new perspective on their life. Incredibly welcoming and inspiring. Certainly,we are sure our own lives will take on a different outlook on returning home. We hope to return ,maybe next we travel every year,to appreciate even more fully the ambience of Ampleforth. We met some lovely people,each with their own life experience which enriched our own life. What a blessing. May you continue you extraordinary work to those from all over the world and realize that even in Australia you will be prayed for.Teresa and Patrick L.
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